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Eye disorders

Alleviating eye disorders with homoeopathy

To avoid complications, eye disorders of the eye should be thoroughly even if the affection seems benign, as is often the case. Homoeopathic remedies are gentle but effective solutions that one may turn to in order to take care of these disorders.

Manifestations of eye disorders

Various disorders can affect the eye. Some are caused by germs and viruses, others by allergies and others yet may be caused by bruises of various origins. These disorders can occur at any age.

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by the excessive evaporation of tear fluid in the eyeball. At the time of menopause, a woman may suffer from this condition due to the decrease in tear secretion. The disorders then manifest themselves through a burning sensation and the patient may sometimes feel like he or she has sand in the eye, which also affects his or her vision. Moreover, the hindrance can also manifest itself as itching of the eye.

Red eye syndrome does not cause pain or lead to decreased visual acuity. The disorder is usually due to capillary fragility, which explains the effusion of blood beneath the conjunctiva. This sub-conjunctival haemorrhage results in homogeneous redness that may either be spontaneous or post-traumatic.  Sometimes the redness is located on the cornea’s outer edge, thereby taking the shape of a pericorneal circle that may disturb visual acuity.

As for black eyes, they are caused by a trauma that affects the tissues and causes the eye region to take on  a purplish blue colouring. It is usually due to a shock caused by a punch, blow or other stroke. It is usually a mild contusion.

A stye is also a relatively common disorder. It is a boil that appears at the base of the eyelash, originating from a bacterium known as Staphylococcus. The chalazion, a variant of the stye, is an inflammatory subcutaneous nodule that appears on one of the eyelid’s sebaceous glands.

Conjunctivitis is the most common disorder and is characterized by eye redness and irritation of the conjunctiva. The patient is subject to continuous tearing, and pus may sometimes appear, glueing the eyelids to each other as it dries up.

Symptoms linked to eye disorders

Symptoms of eye disorders are usually easy to recognize and help establish a proper diagnosis. A person suffering from dry eye syndrome does not bear light or cold drafts. In addition, itching of the eye is either a symptom or a warning sign of an infection. Meanwhile, the symptoms of red eye are often confused with manifestations of this disorder that result in homogeneous redness, unlike conjunctivitis for which heterogeneous and diffuse redness is observed.

Relieving eye disorders through gentle methods

Homoeopathic remedies have the distinct characteristic of being less aggressive on the human body than conventional remedies. Made from natural substances, administering these remedies involves taking infinitesimal doses of the substances responsible for the pathology requiring treatment. Research has led to the development of adequate drugs tailored to each particular case. The homoeopathic method generally tends to implement a disease-modifying therapy to help prevent diseases from recurring. Some examples are included hereafter. Natrum muriaticum, for example, has been designed to treat red eyes (colour due to the conjunctival haemorrhage) and dry eyes accompanied by the sensation of having sand in one’s eyes. As a result, 5 granules of Hamamelis virginiana 5 CH should be taken three times a day until the redness completely disappears. Lycopodium may be taken to treat dry eyes of which the pain is worsened by warm temperatures and increases at night.. To treat a black eye, one should also take a combination of Arnica montana 9 CH and Ledum palustre 5 CH. Regarding dosage, 5 granules of each remedy should be taken 4 times a day over the course of one week. An examination by an ophthalmologist may also lead to side effects such as dazzles, of which the duration can be decreased by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every quarter of an hour during one hour.

When should you consult a doctor?

As a rule of thumb, one should always consult a doctor if the patient is a child or infant. Thus, if the child is subject to intense tearing, if his or her eyelids are swollen or if they discharge purulent secretions, the ophthalmologist is the only health professional licensed to prescribe the adequate remedy. Similarly, self-medication must be absolutely avoided if the newborn’s tear ducts are obstructed or if he or she suffers from nasal congestion.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “eye disorders”

Associated treatments

  • Alumina
  • Arnica Montana
  • Belladonna
  • Bryonia Alba
  • Ledum Palustre
  • Magnesia Carbonica
  • Nux Moschata

Associated pathologies

  • Asthenopia
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dacryocystitis
  • Age-related macular degenerescence
  • Conjunctival haemorrhaging
  • Ketaroconjunctivitis
  • Stye
  • Photophobia
  • Rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Retinopathy

Good to know: Regardless of whether the come in the form of soothing eye drops or eye ointment, homoeopathic remedies may be taken to treat eye disorders effectively.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.